The reason older movies seem more frightening than the new ones is because we're adults now. We're bigger, more rational and a lot more jaded. It's a lot harder to traumatize us.
I'd be interested to hear about how your heatsink modification turned out.
What kind of music do you want to write Stephen?
I built a custom PC which has a Xeon E5-2680 v2 CPU 32GB DDR3 1866/PC-14900 ECC Registered 72bit Interleave RAM and will probably be buying the Firepro W7100 or the Quadro K5200 . You know what I don't have? THUNDERBOLT 2.
I'll probably build on a SAS or SATA raid, but I would rather have the selection of pre-engineered storage choices the new MacPro would have allowed me. I would rather be fine tuning my script/pitch and networking my way to funding, rather than worrying about how I'm going to get files through a stupid pipe. Apple/Intel have already invented a better wheel than I'm going to be able to cobble together from parts manufactured by various questionable third party vendors.
Earlier this year I spent over 3K building a PC with one of the latest XEON CPUs, tons of super fast RAM and a choice of any GPU I want. Unfortunately, I don't have Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 access. That's very bad.
When it comes to working with video, do yourself a favor, pay the stupid Mac tax and get a goddamn Mac. It's not worth the headache to do otherwise.
I mean, you might be alright if you get a HP Z series or Dell T series workstation for a desktop and or a Lenovo Thinkpad w540 for a laptop, but in the end you're probably still better off going with Mac.
The new Mac Pro appears to be wonderful as do the new Macbook Pros. Their superior quality doesn't appear to be "all hype" when it comes to video applications.